New funding opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Communities across the country are reshaping their neighborhoods, schools, and businesses toward health, opportunity, and equity. Each of these trailblazing communities—urban, rural, tribal, large, and small—face a myriad of challenges, but show us what a Culture of Health can look like.   The RWJF Culture of Health Prize celebrates communities like these that are making health a priority for all—especially for those facing the… Read more »

Texas Commission on the Arts Announces Call for Nominations for State Poet Laureate, Musician, Visual Artists

Texas Commission on the Arts

On behalf of the Texas State Legislature, the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is seeking nominations for the positions of 2019 and 2020 State Poet Laureate, State Musician, State Artist two-dimensional media (i.e., painting, photography), and State Artist three-dimensional media (i.e., sculpture).   All Texas citizens are encouraged to make nominations, and self-nominations are accepted. Citizens can nominate more than one artist. The… Read more »

Grant opportunities from the Laura Jane Musser Fund

Laura Jane Musser Fund

Through the Intercultural Harmony Initiative, the Laura Jane Musser Fund supports projects that promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups of community members of different cultural backgrounds. Project planning grants up to $5,000 or implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. New programs or projects in their first three years are eligible. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from September… Read more »

USDA grant to enhance student awareness of global ag opportunity

Texas State University

Texas State University has been awarded a $300,00 grant by the United States Department of Agriculture for the development of leadership and global competency of minority students. In addition to instilling a broader understanding of international opportunities in the agricultural industry, the innovative program will also work to improve recruitment and retention of minority students in the undergraduate and graduate programs, focusing on those… Read more »

Donor-Advised Charity Funds Sequestering Billions in the Face of Growing Inequality

Institute for Policy Studies

At a time of staggering inequality, wealthy individuals are using donor-advised funds, or DAFs, to claim substantial tax benefits, while often failing to move funds in a timely manor to independent nonprofits addressing urgent social needs. Of particular concern are the growing number of DAFs founded by for-profit Wall Street financial corporations that provide incentives for the warehousing of wealth. This report, Warehousing Wealth:… Read more »

Going Beyond the Game: Teams Volunteer in the Community

San Antonio Sports

Do you know a high school or middle school athletic team that has volunteered at the Food Bank? Visited older adults in assisted living? Shared their time with special needs students? Our high school and middle school coaches are working hard to help our youth learn key values that will serve them well in life. They teach more than the basic skills of their… Read more »

Welcome to the new “picturesque” gateway to the Texas Hill Country: rich peaceful land and the Edwards Aquifer buried under the the pollutants and fugitive dust of aggregate mining. Wait, we can stop this.

Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry

Imagine this: you are on an outing to enjoy a weekend on Canyon Lake or canoe the Guadalupe River. Your journey takes you on Texas Highway 46 or FM 3009. In route to your scenic destination, you encounter numerous heavy trucks emitting pollutants and bellows of fugitive dust. Then you pass a huge, unsightly hole in the ground with massive equipment making unbearable noise and spewing carcinogenic dust into the air. The peace, serenity, tranquility and beauty you came to enjoy will be gone. Welcome to the new “picturesque” gateway to the Texas Hill Country.

Registration Now Open: Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony

Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony September 13, 2018 5:00 – 6:00 PM Networking Reception 6:00 – 7:30 PM Award Ceremony This ceremony is held annually to recognize leaders who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in reducing the burden and raising awareness of the obesity epidemic in Texas. The 2018 award ceremony will take place during the 11th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week,… Read more »

Surviving Vision Block – How to Turn Your Crushing Experiences into Wins

Karen Eber Davis

I was pinned under a 200 pound guy, and he had scissors. The volunteer assignment was simple: help a young man with developmental disabilities to learn a new skill, one-on-one.  We were working on learning scissor use.   How did I end up flailing on the floor needing assistance?     I had a clear goal for my college volunteering experience: Explore different ways to help people reach excellence.  … Read more »

A new conservation grantmaking strategy for today’s challenges

Andrea Keller Helsel - William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

People of the North American West depend on healthy rivers, national parks, forests, monuments, and other public and working lands to sustain their families and their communities. These majestic landscapes provide refuge and inspiration, and fulfill economic, cultural, and spiritual needs. And yet, we are losing the equivalent of a football field of natural land in the Western United States every two-and-a-half minutes. Family… Read more »

My Top Eleven and Three-Quarters Bits of Advice for Winning at Donor Communications – Part II

Tom Ahern

7. Donors aren’t forever. Mostly. Again: Why do you need a donor acquisition program as well as a donor relationship program? Because donors come and go, like pee holes in the snow. A couple of years ago, I polled experts around the world with the question, “How long does the average donor stick with a charity?” There was a gawdly lot of hemming and… Read more »

My Top Eleven and Three-Quarters Bits of Advice for Winning at Donor Communications – Part I

Tom Ahern

1. Why Eleven and Three-Quarters? Be a little less predictable. “10 Top Tips” is predictable. “11 Top Tips” is a little less predictable, but still pretty obvious. I ripped this idea off, as most of you immediately recognized, from Harry Potter’s Track Nine and Three-Quarters at King’s Cross Station. Steal well. And often. But don’t steal from failures. Which means you’ll have to learn… Read more »

Hogg Foundation Awards $4.5 Million to Address Well-being in Rural Texas Communities

Ike Evans - Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is pleased to announce $4.5 million in grants to six Texas organizations to support collaborative approaches to well-being in rural communities. The grants will strengthen efforts to transform the environments where people live, learn, work, play and pray, bringing a population health approach to support resilience, mental health and well-being. The initiative grows out of the foundation’s new… Read more »

THE Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves innovative new Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology

Texas State University

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has authorized Texas State University to offer an innovative new Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology. The program—focusing on practical applications for anthropology in non-academic settings—will be the first of its kind in the state of Texas and one of only three such programs in the nation.             The degree program was approved by the Texas State University System Board… Read more »

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) announced several staff promotions to the senior director level

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT)

Dave Scullin, president and CEO, said CFT is blessed with extraordinarily talented individuals who put those talents to use to improve the quality of life in North Texas. “Every one of the promotions we announce today reflects on the hard work and insight provided by these individuals to make our communities stronger,” Scullin said. “Communities Foundation of Texas is fortunate to count these individuals… Read more »

Meadows Foundation awards $100k to TSAHC and the TSAHC and Enterprise Community Partners Heart Grant Program Application Portal is now open

Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation

Meadows Foundation Awards TSAHC $100,000 Grant   TSAHC would like to recognize The Meadows Foundation for their generous $100,000 contribution to the Housing and Economic Assistance to Rebuild Texas (HEART) grant program which supports ongoing Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.   Since its inception, the Meadows Foundation has disbursed more than $775 million in grants to more than 3,000 Texas institutions and agencies. Grants have been… Read more »

Learn how to take some of the data your organization is collecting and lay it out in a way that is coherent to your supporters

San Antonio Area Foundation

Do you want to share your nonprofit’s impact? Attend our Data Visualization workshop on Thursday, Aug. 16. This workshop will dive into the way people process content and the information they are seeking. In this workshop we will learn how to take some of the data your organization is collecting and lay it out in a way that is coherent to your supporters. Numbers… Read more »

Richardson Adult Literacy Center Receives $16K PGP Grant

The Richardson Adult Literacy Center & LegacyTexas Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas)

The Richardson Adult Literacy Center received a $16,000 Partnership Grant Program (PGP) grant from LegacyTexas Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) to support operational and administrative costs for the center’s “ESL for Adults” program. The program helps adult students improve their English to become workforce-ready, enhance job skills, obtain U.S. citizenship and fully engage in the community. Media is… Read more »

Dallas’ Writer’s Garret this August

The Writer's Garret

It’s August! Summer is passing fast,and there’s plenty of things to do with The Writer’s Garret! Didn’t get a chance to nab your spot for Deep Ellum Blues this Saturday? Not to worry! We’ll ride the rails again on August 11th! Rail Writers: Deep Ellum Blues IIwith Lisa HuffakerSaturday, August 11th | 3:30-8:30pmAges 21 and up | FREE (ONLINE SIGNUP REQUIRED)   On this journey… Read more »

New CEP Research Sheds Light on Nonprofits’ Diversity Efforts

Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

A new research report out from the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), titled Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations, shares nonprofit leaders’ views on their diversity pursuits — and how their foundation funders are interacting with or supporting them in this area. The report includes data on topics such as how diversity relates to the work of nonprofits, how foundations… Read more »